TRENDING: Mike Ditka: No oppression in the last 100 years

(CNN) -- Football great Mike Ditka is making headlines for an eyebrow-raising comment on race in America.

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He was talking about the controversy over NFL players kneeling during the anthem to protest police killings of African Americans.

It's reported the former Chicago Bears coach said, "There has been no oppression in the last 100 years that i know of."

Ditka also said he thinks players should wait until after the game to protest.